The historic Morris Island Lighthouse is situated on a small, uninhabited barrier island off the coast of Charleston, SC accessible only by boat. Board our Carolina Skiff Bay Boat on Bowens Island behind Folly Beach and wind through pristine tidal creeks and marshes out to Morris Island for an unforgettable eco tour. This experience highlights coastal wildlife (like dolphins!), ecology, and features views of the historic lighthouse.Book Now
$52/adult 13 and older
$32/children 3-12 years old
$10/infant under 3
Tour times are based on the tides. There is at least one tour every day and sometimes that falls during sunset.
Carolina Skiff Bay Boat
Each guest must complete an electronic liability prior to arrival. There is no need to bring/print a copy. If you cannot complete it online please plan to arrive extra early.
1871 Bowens Island Road, Charleston, SC
Our location offers parking & restrooms. There are no restrooms aboard any of our vessels. Bathrooms can be used before and after tours.
Bring a bag for shells and wear shoes you don’t mind getting sandy.
Water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and phone/camera. You may bring a small cooler with drinks and snacks. No single use glass bottles.
Dogs/pets are not allowed on guided group tours. Please notify us if you will be brining a service dog or would like to book a private tour.
Service gratuity for your captain or guide is optional but accepted.
To obtain group rates and military discounts, please call us at 843-795-0330.
What to Expect on Your Morris Island Tour
The Morris Island Lighthouse Tour allows guests to view picturesque marshland, walk along a natural beach, photograph the historic Morris Island lighthouse and see wild dolphins.
As you boat the 6 miles out to Morris Island, your naturalist captain will point out native wildlife, share local history, and highlight the diverse ecosystems of the South Carolina Lowcountry. As you journey from the tidal creeks behind Folly and through the marshlands out to Morris Island, you’re likely to see an abundance of wildlife, including:
- Wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
- Wading birds
- Oyster flats
- Sea turtle
- And more!
Once you arrive at the island, you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of the lighthouse. You’ll have around 45 minutes to take in the scenery, take photos, and explore the beach in search of shells, fossils, and shark teeth. After beach combing, you will board the boat and enjoy a beautiful ride back to Bowens Island.
About Morris Island Lighthouse
The Morris Island Lighthouse has a rich history dating back to its construction in 1876. It served as an essential navigational aid for ships entering Charleston Harbor, guiding them safely through the treacherous waters of the area.
The Lighthouse faces an ongoing battle with coastal erosion. Over the years, the relentless forces of the Atlantic Ocean have caused significant erosion, resulting in the lighthouse being abandoned in 1962. Despite the encroaching waters, preservation efforts to protect and preserve the lighthouse as a historic landmark are ongoing.Book Now
You know how, sometimes, you book something expecting to be disappointed. This definitely is not one of those times. Josh was a great guide, interacting with all of us, providing great facts about the marsh eco system, and making sure to stop and let us watch the dolphin and birds. Then, we even had a good amount of time (between 45 minutes to an hour) on Morris island finding awesome shells and sand dollars. It isn’t very often that I spend money on something and think it was actually worth more, but that is what I thought after this cruise experience. My wife and I have even already talked about trying to do this again when we can bring our daughter.Mark, September 2019 (Trip Advisor)